|Publication number||US7397777 B1|
|Application number||US 09/702,722|
|Publication date||Jul 8, 2008|
|Filing date||Nov 1, 2000|
|Priority date||Nov 1, 1999|
|Also published as||CN1149769C, CN1303189A, CN1527520A, CN1913711A, CN1913711B, CN100493257C, US7606198, US8477722, US20060114859, US20100014484|
|Publication number||09702722, 702722, US 7397777 B1, US 7397777B1, US-B1-7397777, US7397777 B1, US7397777B1|
|Inventors||Shigeyuki Sudo, Yukinori Asada, Yoshinori Chida, Fumiharu Nakahara|
|Original Assignee||Hitachi, Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (38), Referenced by (10), Classifications (16), Legal Events (6)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a mobile communication system making use of CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) as an access method and, more particularly, to a control method implemented on the side of a mobile station when it is registered with a wireless base station in a coverage area where the mobile station exists. Also, the invention relates to the mobile station utilizing this control method. The invention is especially adapted for power savings in the mobile station.
2. Description of the Related Art
In a CDMA system, a signal is modulated by multiplying a pseudo noise codes (PN codes) which are spreading codes so as to form a spread spectrum communication signal and is transmitted from a base station to a mobile station. When a CDMA mobile station receives the signal from the base station, the mobile station demodulates the original signal by multiplying the PN codes to the received signal. This demodulation is called despreading. For this purpose, synchronization is necessary to bring the phase of PN codes into agreement with the phase of PN codes of the base station.
The process of synchronization consists of two steps: acquisition of a pilot signal and holding of the synchronization. The acquisition is generally based on calculation of correlation. A replica PN code is multiplied by a received signal while shifting the replica PN code in spreading chip increments. A decision is made as to whether a value obtained by the integration is in excess of a threshold value. If the replica PN code is not synchronized to the PN code of the base station, no peak is produced on the value obtained by the integration. Therefore, the search is continued while varying the phase of the replica PN code. In a typical CDMA system, the code length of each pilot PN code is 215, i.e., 32768. Since the search is conducted within this phase space, it is required to acquire pilot signals quickly. On the other hand, the holding of the synchronization expresses a process where synchronization within chips in terms of phases is maintained after spreading chip synchronization is acquired.
Plural base stations or sectors within a mobile communication system are so selected and positioned that they are different from each other in spreading code phase. In the typical example described above, the base stations or sectors are spaced from each other such that they achieve integral multiples of 64 PN chips. After the synchronization processing, the mobile station adjusts the phases of the despread codes and examines the strengths of other pilot signals. In this way, a handoff to a better pilot signal can be performed. A handoff performed in idle state is known as idle handoff.
The mobile station that has finished the synchronization processing performs registration. This registration is carried out by exchanging message with a base station. This permits the network to call the mobile station. Since the registration involves transmission, if registration is frequently done, then traffic on the network increases. Also, the battery power in the mobile station is consumed. Accordingly, the registration needs to be carried out minimally.
When the power supply of a mobile station is turned on, it is synchronized to a pilot signal as described above. Then, the mobile station receives access messages and makes a decision as to whether the mobile station needs to be registered newly with the coverage area where the station is currently present. If the current coverage area agrees with any one of registered areas that may or may not be in the form of a list, a message that requests registration is not sent out.
When the mobile station goes out of the coverage area described above, the station is handed over to the base station of the coverage area that the mobile station enters next.
Techniques associated with the aforementioned techniques are described, for example, in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,267,261, 5,109,390, 5,179,571, and 5,101,501 and Japanese Patent Laid-Open Nos. 30023/1993 and 107584/1996.
A CDMA mobile station exchanges messages with the base station by a downlink and an uplink. The downlink is established by acquisition of a pilot signal and synchronization. The uplink is used by the mobile station to send out messages. The reach of the uplink signal and the reach of the downlink signal may not be uniform, depending on the geographical situations. That is, in some cases, the uplink signal from the mobile station does not reach the base station though the mobile station can receive a downlink signal from the base station continuously and effectively. At low reception levels, the possibility that the mobile station acquires a base station at which the uplink signal does not arrive or that the mobile station is handed over to a base station at which the uplink signal does not arrive during idle handoff is high.
If the mobile is registered with a base station at which the uplink signal does not arrive, the signal from the mobile station does not arrive and so the registration processing fails. However, the effective downlink signal is being received and, therefore, the registration processing continues, thus wasting the battery power.
It is an object of the invention to provide a registration control method that registers a mobile station with a base station with a reduced electric power consumption on the side of the mobile station to thereby decrease battery power consumption, as well as the mobile station using this registration control method.
This object is achieved in accordance with the teachings of the invention by a method of registering a mobile station used in a CDMA mobile communication system, the method comprising the steps of: inhibiting switching to a good pilot signal that is being idly received when the mobile station is judged to have failed to be registered with a base station in a coverage area where said mobile station is present; pausing the sending and receiving operation of said mobile station for a predetermined time when a second attempt to register the mobile station fails while switching to the good pilot signal is inhibited; resuming the registration processing under certain conditions when the pause ends; and newly acquiring a pilot signal when the registration processing is resumed.
In a first preferred embodiment of the invention, judgement of the failure of the registration is performed when an access sequence for registration is repeated a predetermined number of times in recognizing the first failure of the registration which is performed to inhibit switching to the good pilot signal being idly received.
In a second preferred embodiment, a search through a given interval of PN sequences is conducted on acquisition of pilot signals, and a decision as to whether the search has ended is made when recognizing the first failure of the registration which is performed to inhibit switching to the good pilot signal being idly received.
In a third preferred embodiment, if registration of a sector during a search through a given interval of the PN sequences fails, the state value of a PN code generator in the mobile station is changed to a state value assumed after a lapse of given time. The phase of the generated PN code is shifted.
In a fourth preferred embodiment, said control means resumes the registration processing if the reception level is judged to be in excess of a given threshold value.
In a fifth preferred embodiment, the threshold value described above is the sum of a reception level assumed when a last registration operation fails and a given offset value based on this reception level.
In a sixth preferred embodiment, when switching to the good pilot signal being idly received is inhibited, a light is turned on to indicate that the station is out of the coverage area. This light is turned off when the switching to the good pilot signal being idly received is permitted.
The present invention also provides a mobile station for use in a CDMA mobile communication system, the mobile station having a control means for registering the mobile station with a wireless base station in a coverage area where this mobile station is present. When it is judged that registration fails, the control means inhibits switching to a good pilot signal being idly received. Under this condition (i.e., switching to the good pilot signal being idly received is inhibited), if registration again fails, the control means pauses sending and receiving operation of the mobile station for a given time. When this pause ends, the control means resumes registration under certain conditions. Acquisition of a new pilot signal is effected on the resumption of the registration.
In a first preferred embodiment, the control means judges the failure of the registration when an access sequence for registration is repeated a given number of times in recognizing the first failure of the registration which is performed to inhibit switching to the good pilot signal being idly received.
In a second preferred embodiment, the control means turns on a light to indicate that the mobile station is out of the coverage area when switching to the good pilot signal being idly received is inhibited. When the switching to the good pilot signal being idly received is permitted, the control means turns off this light.
Embodiments of the present invention are hereinafter described with reference to the drawings.
A first embodiment of the invention is described by referring to
Messages to be sent to a base station are supplied from the control processor 30 to the CDMA modem 32 in the form of digital data. The CDMA modem 32 forms frames for the wireless section based on the input messages to be sent out, and creates a baseband signal by modulating the frames by spread-spectrum techniques. The baseband signal is applied to the transmitter/receiver 31, which in turn effects carrier modulation and amplification and produces an output signal to the wireless section.
The transmitter/receiver 31 is tuned to sense messages from the base station. The messages are demodulated and supplied to the CDMA modem 32. This CDMA modem 32 performs despreading and synchronizing processing. The output signal from the CDMA modem 32 is supplied in the form of digital data to the control processor 30. In response to the received messages, the control processor 30 controls the operation of the various portions of the mobile station (including stopping and resumption of the operation of some portions) in step with user's manual operation. The reception level is detected by the transmitter/receiver 31 and applied to the control processor 30. This control processor 30 has a microcomputer (not shown). The registration control method in accordance with the present invention is executed by a program installed in this microcomputer.
First, a mobile station whose power supply is turned on acquires a new pilot signal (step S101). A decision is made as to whether the acquisition is successful (step S102). If the acquisition is unsuccessful, the mobile station shifts to an out of coverage area mode without performing registration (ST00). If the acquisition of a pilot signal is successful, a decision is made based on the received area information as to whether new registration is necessary (step S103). If it is necessary, registration is performed (step S104). If the result of the decision made in the step S103 is that the mobile station has been already registered with this area, the mobile station directly shifts to an intermittent receiving mode (ST20) that is normal idle state without performing new registration.
Where registration is performed, a decision is made as to whether the registration is successful (step S105). If it is successful, the mobile station shifts to the intermittent receiving mode (ST20). If the registration is unsuccessful, the registration (step S104) and the decision (step S105) to determine whether the registration is successful are performed repetitively. The number of repetitions is counted. The number of repetitions is given from the base station. If the number of repetitions obtained in the steps S104 and S105 reaches the number given from the base station, and if a given acknowledgment cannot be received, then the processing of the step S104 is judged to be unsuccessful, and the processing is completed. In particular, if the result of the decision made in the step S105 is that the processing is unsuccessful, a decision is made as to whether the number of repetitions obtained in the step S104 due to unsuccessful attempts has reached a given number n (step S106). If it is not yet reached, control returns to the step S104, where registration is repeated.
If the given number n is reached, the present state is judged as follows: reception of the downlink signal is effective, but the signal sent from the mobile station does not reach the base station. In the present embodiment, continuation of the registration under this condition is prevented; otherwise, battery power consumption would be increased. For this purpose, the following process is carried out. First, the mobile station inhibits its own idle handoff for the reason described later. The light on the handset module 33 is turned on to indicate that the station is out of the coverage area (step S107). Then, the sleep timer 34 is set to count the pause time. After stopping sending and receiving operation of the mobile station, the control processor 30 shifts to the sleep mode. The stoppage of the sending and receiving operation is effected by turning off the transmitter/receiver 31 and the CDMA modem 32. To bring the control processor 30 into the sleep mode, a sleeping function normally given to the microcomputer is used. This sleep mode is automatically ceased when the sleep timer 34 times out. In the present embodiment, this sleep mode is referred to as registration-waiting sleep mode (ST10).
Processing for returning from the sleep mode described above is next described.
The control processor 30 restarted when the sleep timer 34 times out drives the transmitter/receiver 31 and the CDMA modem 32 and measures the present level of reception (step S201). A decision is made as to whether the measured level of reception is in excess of a given threshold value (step S202). If the measured level is lower than the threshold value, the sleep timer 34 is reset (step S208), and the mobile station shifts to the registration-waiting sleep mode (ST10). If the reception level is in excess of the threshold value, it is judged that the imbalance between the range of the uplink wireless signal and the range of the downlink wireless signal has varied. Registration is restarted. That is, a new pilot signal is acquired. A decision is made as to whether the acquisition is successful (steps S203 and S204). If it is unsuccessful inhibition of the idle handoff is canceled (step S209). The mobile station shifts to the out of coverage area mode (ST00).
If the acquisition is successful, a decision is made as to whether registration is necessary (step S205). If it is unnecessary, inhibition of the idle handoff is canceled. Also, the light indicating that the mobile station is out of the coverage area is turned off (step S210). The station then shifts to the intermittent receiving mode (ST20). If an area with which the mobile station needs to be registered is acquired, registration is effected (S206). Then, a decision is made as to whether the registration is successful (step S207). If it is successful, the aforementioned step S210 is carried out, and then the station goes to the intermittent receiving state (ST20).
If the registration is unsuccessful, the station shifts back to the registration-waiting sleep mode via the step S208 described above. The control method described thus far in connection with
In the present embodiment, idle handoff is inhibited when the mobile station first shifts to the registration-waiting sleep mode, for the following reason. After acquisition of a pilot signal is completed, the mobile station keeps measuring the pilot strengths from other base stations (other sectors in a typical system). It is designed to permit handoff to a better base station or sector. If registration of the mobile station fails due to imbalance between the ranges of the uplink and downlink, respectively, the possibility that the mobiles station is handed over to this base station is higher than to other base stations. That is, where idle handoff is not inhibited, if a new pilot signal is acquired by the step S102 of
A second embodiment of the present invention is next described by referring to
Under this condition, the control processor 30 changes the state value of the local PN code generator 321 incorporated in the CDMA modem 32 for despreading code synchronization to the state value assumed after a lapse of a given time. Thus, the phase of the generated PN code is forced to shift (step S406). Furthermore, a search for a new pilot signal is conducted from the shifted phase position toward the phase advance direction (step S407).
If the result of the decision made in the step S408 is that registration is necessary, it is effected (step S409). A decision is made as to whether the registration is successful (step S410). If the result of the decision made in the step S410 is that the registration is successful, inhibition of idle handoff is canceled. Also, the light indicating that the station is out of coverage area is turned off (step S413). The station then shifts to the intermittent receiving mode (state ST20).
If the registration fails again, a decision is made as to whether the search for pilot synchronization and the tracked range make one revolution on the circumference 50 indicating phases of PN codes as shown in
A third embodiment of the present invention is described by referring to
For example, the contents of the offset value table 302 are as follows. The reception level is plotted on the horizontal axis 71 of the graph of
In order to correspond variations of circumstantial conditions, the offset values are decided so as to have such a relationship with the level of the received signal that are indicated by the solid line 73 shown in
As described thus far, in the present embodiment, idle handoff of the mobile station is inhibited when registration failure is detected. This can reduce the liability of registration to a base station or a sector which is highly liable to result in another registration failure. When idle handoff is inhibited by registration failure, transmitting and receiving operation of the mobile station is paused for a given time interval and after the expiration of the given time the registration is resumed under given conditions. Hence, the occurrence of registration operations can be reduced. Furthermore, when the aforementioned resumption is performed, the step for acquiring a new pilot signal is carried out. Therefore, a new base station or a sector which is different from the unsuccessful base station or sector can be acquired. The possibility of acquiring a new successful base station or sector is improved. In consequence, the waste of battery power mainly induced by repeated attempts of registration is reduced. Thus the mobile station can accomplish power saving.
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|U.S. Classification||370/331, 455/421, 455/436|
|International Classification||H04W60/00, H04W36/00, H04W48/00, H04W64/00, H04W52/02, H04B7/26, H04B7/216|
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